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Proposal 199004401: Lake Creek Land Acquisition

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
January 9, 2006 Finalized Gerald Green

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199004401
Proposal Name: Lake Creek Land Acquisition
BPA Project Manager: Virgil Watts III
Agency, Institution or Organization: Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Short Description: This project is intended to protect, enhance, and maintain wetland and riparian habitat in the Lake Creek drainage to provide a minimum of 760 HUs to credit against construction and inundation losses attributed to the Albeni Falls Dam.
Information Transfer: Technical information will be shared with other Fish and Wildlife Managers through annual reports, HEP reports, property assessment reports and monitoring and evaluation reports. Data gathered from projects will conform to Albeni Falls Monitoring and Evaluation protocols and will contribute to ongoing mitigation efforts for Albeni Falls Dam. Technical information obtained from the project will also be incorporated in adaptive management procedures adopted by tribal and agency managers involved with Albeni Falls mitigation. Information generatied through this project will also be shared with the public and professional peers at appropriate opportunities.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Gerald Green Coeur d'Alene Tribe 850 "A" Street P.O. Box 408
Plummer ID 83851
Ph: 208.686.0312
Fax: 208.686.3021
Email: ggreen@cdatribe-nsn.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Gerald Green Coeur d'Alene Tribe 850 "A" Street P.O. Box 408
Plummer ID 83851
Ph: 208.686.0312
Fax: 208.686.3021
Email: ggreen@cdatribe-nsn.gov
Form Submitter
Cameron Heusser Coeur d'Alene Tribe 850 A Street, PO Box 408
Plummer, ID 83851
Ph: 208-686-5521
Fax: 208-686-3021
Email: cheusser@cdatribe-nsn.gov
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Intermountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Coeur d'Alene ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
47 degrees, 31 minutes N 117 degrees, 31 minutes W Lake Creek empties into the Coeur d'Alene Lake The Lake Creek Watershed is in the Southern portion of Kootenai County, Idaho. The lower half of the Watershed is within the northwest corner of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservaiton Kootenai, Idaho Coeur d'Alene No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Cutthroat Trout
Black-capped Chickadee, Yellow Warbler, White-tailed Deer, Muskrat, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Canada Goose

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Draft outline of the Ramsey Property Management Plan, which was based heavily on the assessment work of the previous year, was completed. Negotiations with landowners are continuing and the opportunity exists to complete the crediting of 760 HUs to BPA.
2004 New contract established in April. Initial assessments of the Ramsey property were completed. HEPs were completed and crediting was changed to 66.91 HUs credited against Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses.
2003 Attempts to combine the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project with the Coeur d'Alene Wetlands Project failed due to the lack of a crediting mechanism for land purchases designed to benefit resident fish substitution efforts.
2002 BPA recommended project be funded in combination with Coeur d'Alene Wetlands Project as was recommended by ISRP (March 25, 2002). The 147.6 acre Ramsey property was acquired in July, crediting BPA a minimum of 30 of the 760 HUs.
2001 Project recognized as High Priority by CBFWA (March 16, 2001). The ISRP recommended the Project be combined with the Coeur d'Alene Wetlands Project (April 6, 2001). NPCC recommended the Project be funded under conditions stated by the ISRP.
2000 Negotiations with Kootenai Properties were suspended and the Project was redefined to shift focus to finding other properties in the Lake Creek Watershed that provide similar benefits to wildlife and westslope cutthroat trout recovery efforts.
1999 Ongoing negotiations with Kootenai Properties to acquire approximately 2,300 acres in Lower Lake Creek.
1998 Ongoing negotiations with Kootenai Properties to acquire approximately 2,300 acres in Lower Lake Creek.
1997 Ongoing negotiations with Kootenai Properties to acquire approximately 2,300 acres in Lower Lake Creek.
1996 Ongoing negotiations with Kootenai Properties to acquire approximately 2,300 acres in Lower Lake Creek.
1995 Initiate negotiations with Kootenai Properties to acquire approximately 2,300 acres in Lower Lake Creek.
1994 Project inception: Complete all pre-acquisition activities and acquire approximately 2,300 acres of the Lower Lake Creek Watershed owned by Kootenai Properties. BPA would be credited 760 HUs against Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 199004400 Coeur D'Alene Reservation Habi Since Lake Creek is one of the four drainages in which 199004400 focuses its efforts, all activities of the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project will complement 199004400. 199004400 focuses on stream habitats and the Lake Creek Land Acquisition will focus on protecting and enhancing the habitats on Lake Creek lands that encompass those stream habitats. While the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project credits against losses attributed to Albeni Falls Dam, it also has the westslope cutthroat trout as a target species to ensure duel benefits can be derived from the land purchases it completes.
BPA 199206100 Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigati The Lake Creek Land The Lake Creek Land Acquisition and Enhancement Project specifically targets in-kind wetland and riparian habitats impacted by Albeni Falls Dam and credits against losses attributed to Albeni Falls. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is a member of the Albeni Falls Work Group and has ensured that the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project is an umbrella project approved by the Workgroup.
BPA 200103200 Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement in the Hangman Watershed 200103200 strives to improve redband trout habitats in the streams of the Hangman Watershed, which is in the Spokane Subbasin. 200103200 has identified, monitored and improved habitats for native redband trout in the Upper Hangman Watershed, which is east of the Washington/Idaho State border. 200103200 lacks a habitat protection component as does 199004400. Habitats that support fish in the Hangman Watershed are unlike habitats in Lake Creek in that they are not juxtaposed with habitats that can readily support HU crediting.
BPA 200103300 Hangman Restoration Project The Hangman Restoration Project is to 200103200 what the Coeur d'Alene Fish Habitat Acquisition (this project) is to 199004400. The Hangman Restoration Project was designed and implemented to provide habitat protection for the red band trout populations that are the focus of 200103200. The Hangman Restoration Project has completed a prioritization plan and has purchased high priority property in the Upper Hangman Watershed for HU crediting against Albeni Falls. The acquired properties are in connective habitats and do not encompass the stream reaches where current redband populations are found. As in the Coeur d'Alene Subbasin, habitats that are currently criticle for resident fish populations do not overlap with suitable wildlife mitigation habitats with high consistency. Lake Creek is purhaps the one Target Tributary where HU crediting can be juxtaposed with fish habitat protection.
BPA 200204500 Coeur D'Alene Fish Habitat Acq According to the results of the last Rolling Provincial Review the Lake Creek Land Acquisition and Enhancement Project was to be combined with the Coeur d’Alene Fish Habitat Acquisition Project. However, the lack of a crediting mechanism for acquisitions that benefit resident fish prevented any progress in contracting the Coeur d’Alene Fish Habitat Acquisition Project thus preventing progress toward completing the Lake Creek Land Acquisition goals. In order to circumvent this situation the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has decided to pursue the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project independently of the Coeur d’Alene Fish Habitat Acquisition Project. The Lake Creek Project will remain a dual benefits project but will no longer be held up by the complications associated with purchasing lands strictly for the enhancement of resident fish population.
Other: EPA Special Project Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Sediments in the Waters of Lake Creek in Couer d'Alene Lake Subbasin, Idaho The Lake Creek TMDL Project, which was completed in September 2005, defined the major stream imparements in Lake Creek. The TMDL also defined strategies for meeting the TMDL allocations and the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project strives to implement those strategies. In addition, EPA provides funding to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to monitor surface water quality of streams, conduct watershed assessments, and provide the frame work for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development on the Reservation under section 106 of the Clean Water Act. Monitoring is conducted at 25 sites within the Reservation including 19 sites within the Coeur d'Alene Subbasin. Data is compiled and used to supplement the analysis of fish and macroinvertebrate abundance and distribution on the Reservation. Data on temperature, discharge and turbidity, in particular, are important in evaluating restoration project effectiveness and coupled with landscape analysis and GIS modeling, provide the necessary information to formulate watershed assessments. Data currently gathered from the sites in the Coeur d'Alene Subbasin will be used in the research, planning, design and monitoring phases of all Coeur d'Alene Fish and Wildlife Proposals. The TMDL plan for Lake Creek was completed in October of 2005, The TMDLs are scheduled for Hangman, Benewah and Alder Creeks are scheduled for completion in 2006.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Acquire Mitigation Properties in Lake Creek Acquire properties in the Lake Creek watershed that can provide the dual benefits of crediting a minimum of 200 HUs against Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses and encompass a minimum of 1.0 miles of priority westslope cutthroat trout habitat by September 2009. Intermountain Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Terrestrial Strategies 1A1 - 1A8 a through e; Acquatic Strategies 2B1 a & c. 10-12, 25 & 26
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats Begin restoration on a minimum of 200 acres of degraded habitats by October 2009. Intermountain Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Terrestrial Strategies 1A1 - 1A8 c, d, & e; Terrestrial Strategy 1A9 a. 10-24 & 25
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties Maintain minimum HUs established by HEP proceedures the acquired 147.6 acre property. Intermountain Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Terrestrial Strategy 1A1-1A8 a, b, d, and e; Terrestrial Strategy 1A9 a. 10-25 & 26
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts Using the Albeni Falls Monitoring and Evaluation Plan as a template, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation/restoratoin efforts on the 147.6 acres already acquired and any additional properties that are acquired during the FY2007-FY2009 review period. Intermountain Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Terrestrial Strategy 1A1-1A8 a, b, d, and e; Terrestrial Strategy 1A9 a. 10-25 & 26

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Coordination Coordinate Activities with Project 199004400, Implement Fisheries Enhancement on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation Coordinate all activities with Project #19904400 to ensure the priority parcels in the Lake Creek Watershed are properly identified and management of acquired properties maximizes benefits to native cutthroat trout. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $6,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Acquire Mitigation Properties in Lake Creek
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Produce Plan Produce Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Each Acquired Property Using the Albeni Falls Monitoring and Evaluation Plan as a template, produce a plan to monitor the effectiveness of mitigation management on acquired properties. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $18,842
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect Data to Determine Effectiveness of Mitigation Activities Collect data to reflect the status and identify trends in habitat development on acquired properties. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $16,374
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts
Focal Area: Data specific to mitigation properties

04: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Centralize Mitigation Property Monitoring Data Establish data bases to store monitoring data, enable statistical analysis and share with regional management entities. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,620
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze and Interpret Data to Determine Effectiveness of Mitigation Efforts Quantitatively define the effects of mitigation management through statistical evaluation of management efforts. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $27,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Efforts
Focal Area: Data specific to mitigation properties

06: Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Complete Pre-acquisition Activities on Suitable Lake Creek Properties Complete all pre-acquisition activites to comply with all Federal pre-acquisition standards 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $292,021
Biological Objectives Metrics
Acquire Mitigation Properties in Lake Creek
No Metrics for this Work Element

07: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Complete NEPA Checklists Complete NEPA checklists for each property prior to acquisition. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,360
Biological Objectives Metrics
Acquire Mitigation Properties in Lake Creek
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Land Purchase Complete Acquisitions of Suitable Properties in Lake Creek Close on the fee title acquisition of lands in the Lake Creek Watershed that will credit against Albeni Falls and protect resident fish habitats 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,000,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Acquire Mitigation Properties in Lake Creek
# of HU's protected by land purchase or easement: HU's will be determined by HEP

09: Produce Inventory or Assessment Determine Immediate Threats to Integrity of Acquired Properties Survey properties to identify imminent and possible threats to habitats of target species. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $1,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Produce Inventory or Assessment Complete HEP and Other Appropriate Habitat Assessments Assess each acquired properties current and potential habitats to accurately credit BPA for lossed HU's and develope management stratetegies to maximize benefit to native fish and wildlife. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $87,136
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Produce Plan Produce a Management Plan for Each Acquired Property The management plan for each acquired property will identify the management strategies that will maximize habitat effectiveness and minimize investment requirements. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $17,525
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Maintain Vegetation Maintain Vegetation Patterns within Acquired Propertiess Maintain native vegetation patterns to benefit native fish and wildlife populations, 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,393
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Install Fence Install Structures Designed to Manage Access to Mitigation Properties. Install fences and gates were needed to minimize damage to mitigation properties caused by inappropriate access. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $6,253
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
* # of miles of fence: distance determine by inventories and plans

14: Remove vegetation Treat Noxious Weeds to Limit Their Effects on Native Habitats Complete initial treatments of noxious weeds to allow establishment of native vegetation. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $6,747
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
* # of acres treated: area determined by inventories and plans

15: Remove Debris Remove Debris from Acquired Properties Remove debris from acquired properties that either limits the native habitat or presents a hazard. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,772
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

16: Remove vegetation Reduce Fuel Loads within Acquired Forest Lands to Prevent the Spread of Wildfire Reduce/manage fuel loads within forests on acquired properties to minimize the threat of catastrophic wildfire. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $85,796
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
* # of acres treated: Areas determined by inventories and plans

17: Decommission Road Decommission Roads According to Management Plan Perscriptions Decommission roads that impair native fish and wildlife habitat in accordance with management plans developed for mitigation properties. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $5,348
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
* # of road miles decommissioned : roads decommissioned according to management plans

18: Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Improve Wetland Habitats within Mitigation Properties Create, restore, and/or enhance wetlands on mitigation properties according to management plan perscriptions. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $10,780
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
* # of acres treated: areas according to management plan prescriptions

19: Plant Vegetation Plant Native Vegetation to Improve Habitats for Native Fish and Wildlife Improve native fish and wildlife habitats according to management plan perscriptions. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $67,225
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
* # of acres of planted: in accordance with management plan perscriptions

20: Upland Erosion and Sedimentation Control Reduce Erosion on Mitigation Properties Install grade stabilization structure, catchment ponds and/or other structures as prescribed by the management plans to minimize sediment delivered to Lake Creek. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $3,538
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
* # of acres treated: according to management plan prescriptions

21: Conduct Controlled Burn Conduct control burn on mitigation properties. Conduct control burn according to perscriptions of management plans to improve wildlife habitats and limit fuel accumulation. 3/1/2007 7/30/2009 $33,570
Biological Objectives Metrics
Begin Restoration of Degraded Habitats
Maintain HUs on Acquired Mitigation Properties
No Metrics for this Work Element

23: Manage and Administer Projects Complete and Report on Efforts to Complete All Work Elements Ensure completion of all FY2007-FY2009 Work Elements, Milestones and reports. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,888
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

24: Coordination Pursue Regional Partnerships to Implement Conservation Practices in Lake Creek Pursue partnerships as opportunities arise. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,722
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

25: Outreach and Education Inform the Public, Particularly Local Residents of Management Activities Involve local public in management plan developement and implementation for mitigation properties 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $15,057
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 1,500/year through meetings published articles
* # of students reached: 200/year through educational events
* # of teachers reached: 5/year through curriculum development and events


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Project Manager $44,782 $47,008 $49,358
Personnel Project Technician $21,528 $22,589 $23,712
Personnel 0.25 Administrative Assistant $8,580 $9,009 $9,459
Fringe Benefits 40% $29,956 $31,442 $33,012
Travel Regional Travel $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Other GSA Vehicle $7,200 $7,560 $7,938
Other Office Space Rental $4,709 $4,709 $4,709
Other Communications and Postage $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
Other misc. hardware, weed control chemicals, fencing equip. $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Other Office Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Other Copy Machine Rental $3,900 $3,900 $3,900
Other Contract Control Burn $ 0 $ 0 $16,000
Overhead 31.47% $39,859 $41,609 $62,339
Other Subcontract Forest Fuels Reduction $ 0 $ 0 $65,000
Other Subcontract Habitat Assessments and Inventories $15,000 $15,000 $15,000
Other Contract Appraisals $17,000 $17,000 $17,000
Other Contract Cultural Resource Inventory $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Other Property Acquisitions $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Other Heavy Equipment Rental $ 0 $ 0 $6,000
Other Native Grass Seed Stock and Drilled $ 0 $ 0 $20,000
Other Native Tree, Shrub and Broadleaf Planting $ 0 $ 0 $18,000
Totals $1,208,514 $1,215,826 $1,367,427

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,791,767
Total Work Element budget$3,791,767

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,275,000 $1,275,000 O & M Costs are expected to remain low due to the cost efficiency of managing multiple properties within a single watershed.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
No definit date Acquisitions will be completed when BPA is credited 760 Habitat Units for mitigation properties purchased within the Lake Creek Watershed.
 
Final Deliverables
Minimum of 760 Habitat Units for construction and inundation losses attributed to Albeni Falls Dam.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Both Capital and Expense
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
Wildlife
ARG Comments:


BPA Capital/Expense Review Results (March 14, 2006) [Download full document]

Initial BPA Capital/Expense Determination (Subject to final review):
Capitalize land acquisition
Primary Uncertainty for Capitalization: Land acquisition requirements


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
Comments:


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Comments:


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal has received high marks from ISRP in the past and is excellent work. This proposal is a good response to ISRP comments in the Province Reviews and offers considerable wildlife benefits. The project has been active for many years, but the acquisition of land has been an ongoing problem. In the past the Coeur D’Alene tribe tried unsuccessfully for only one land area The proposal would be improved by a better description of the reason for the difficulty in purchasing land. Are there confounding issues with other real estate issues?

Now they have a new list of smaller properties delineated for purchase. The justification for purchasing these properties is well described and justified. However, it's not clear when the agreements will be completed or when 760 HUs will be credited to BPA. It seems like there is still much work to be done. The project is budgeted for $1 million in acquisition each year (next 3 years) with about $200+K for other expenses which seems reasonable.


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal has received high marks from ISRP in the past and is excellent work. This proposal is a good response to ISRP comments in the Province Reviews and offers considerable wildlife benefits. The project has been active for many years, but the acquisition of land has been an ongoing problem. In the past the Coeur D’Alene tribe tried unsuccessfully for only one land area The proposal would be improved by a better description of the reason for the difficulty in purchasing land. Are there confounding issues with other real estate issues?

Now they have a new list of smaller properties delineated for purchase. The justification for purchasing these properties is well described and justified. However, it's not clear when the agreements will be completed or when 760 HUs will be credited to BPA. It seems like there is still much work to be done. The project is budgeted for $1 million in acquisition each year (next 3 years) with about $200+K for other expenses which seems reasonable.

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